My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Tween Action/Adventure
Book Description: Arken Freeth is a 14-year-old boy in the Lantish Military Academy. War has broken out with the Amarrat Empire. Arken and his classmates set off on their first training voyage as officers-to-be into waters previously controlled by the Lantish Sea Service, but now patrolled by the Tookans, pirate allies of the Amarrats.
My thoughts: This is a tween/middle grade adventure book. The main character, Arken, is fourteen and about to begin an adventure training on a military ship. The book is a fantasy that has a time period similar to the Egyptian empire. The boys are on a ship that is mainly powered by oars.
Arken is smaller than the boys his age and struggles to find a place among his peers. He is an outsider. He is not part of the nobility, nor is his family poor. This puts him in a class by himself. He has a loving family who love and support him in his decisions.
The part that I had a hard time with was the amount of violence. I understand it as essential to the plot of the story and the time period the author set the book. I was a little disturbed by Arken's grandfather explaining to him how to make a person "accidentally" disappear on purpose. I'm not sure that I would want a tween child to read the book, it would be better for an older age group.
The plot is complex. Again, it would be better suited to an older reader. It ends in a cliffhanger. This is the first book in a series.
This is an interesting story. The characters are intriguing. I would recommend to readers 16+.
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